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The Knockout (1914)

To show his girl how brave he is Fatty challenges the champion to a fight. Charlie referees, trying to avoid contact with the two monsters.

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Mack Sennett (uncredited)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Dan Albert Dan Albert ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle ... Pug (uncredited)
Charles Avery ... Cop (uncredited)
Joe Bordeaux Joe Bordeaux ... Policeman (uncredited)
Glen Cavender ... Society Singer (uncredited)
Charles Chaplin ... Referee (uncredited)
Charley Chase ... Spectator (uncredited)
Edward F. Cline Edward F. Cline ... Cop (uncredited)
Frank Dolan ... Spectator / Party Guest (uncredited)
Minta Durfee Minta Durfee ... Pug's Sweetheart (uncredited)
Edwin Frazee Edwin Frazee ... Spectator / Society Singer / Cop (uncredited)
Billy Gilbert Billy Gilbert ... Society Singer (uncredited)
Alice Howell ... Spectator / Party Guest (uncredited)
Edgar Kennedy ... Cyclone Flynn (uncredited)
Charles Lakin Charles Lakin ... One of St. John's Gang (uncredited)
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Storyline

A couple of tramps, down on their luck and hungry, decide to fake an exhibition boxing match for a promoter. Meanwhile, Pug, a good-hearted but boisterous fellow, takes on a gang of mashers who make unwanted advances to his girlfriend. Impressed by his abilities, the mashers decide to pass Pug off as Cyclone Flynn, the champion, and enter him in the boxing match. But the real Cyclone shows up, and he and Pug battle it out in the ring. Soon the fight progresses to include pistols, rooftop chases, and the Keystone Kops in hot pursuit. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Short | Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 June 1914 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Counted Out See more »

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Production Co:

Keystone Film Company See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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During the tug-o'-war between Pug and the Keystone Cops, Pug's boxing gloves disappear and then re-appear on his hands. See more »

Quotes

Tramp in Derby: Let's pose as pugilists to make some coin.
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Featured in Cinema Paradiso (1988) See more »

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Not quite a knockout
26 May 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Am a big fan of Charlie Chaplin, have been for over a decade now. Many films and shorts of his are very good to masterpiece, and like many others consider him a comedy genius and one of film's most important and influential directors.

He did do better than 'The Knockout', still made very early on in his career where he was still finding his feet and not fully formed what he became famous for. Can understand why the Keystone period suffered from not being as best remembered or highly remembered than his later efforts, but they are mainly decent and important in their own right. 'The Knockout' is a long way from a career high, but has a lot of nice things about it and is to me one of the better efforts in the 1914 Keystone batch.

'The Knockout' is not as hilarious, charming or touching as his later work and some other shorts in the same period. The story is flimsy and the production values not as audacious. Occasionally, things feel a little scrappy and confused.

For someone who was still relatively new to the film industry and had literally just moved on from their stage background, 'The Knockout' is not bad at all.

While not audacious, the film hardly looks ugly, is more than competently directed and is appealingly played. Chaplin looks comfortable for so early on and shows his stage expertise while opening it up that it doesn't become stagy or repetitive shtick.

Although the humour, charm and emotion was done even better and became more refined later, 'The Knockout' is humorous, sweet and easy to like, though the emotion is not quite there. It moves quickly and doesn't feel too long or short.

Overall, far from one of Chaplin's best but pretty good and perhaps one of his better efforts from the early Keystone period. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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